Snowdonia marathon 2013

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17/11/2012 at 16:39

Hi, sd.  Things not working out so brilliantly at the moment!

It was my first time on the outward commute after dark and in rain on the very busy A-road to work.  Visibility very poor and oncoming headlamps are so bright and many forget to dip. Like off road running it's hard to know whether to keep specs on or not - can't see much either way.


I was trying to make the best of it and making good speed in a high gear on a slightly downhill straight stretch, possibly getting towards 30 mph when something unexpected happened.

17/11/2012 at 16:45
I was just popping by to see how you were all doing, and I see your news, TRex
Sorry to hear you're still in the wars, mister

I hope everyone else is ok
17/11/2012 at 17:36
T-Rex wishing you a speedy recovery. I have just bought a bike 21 speed hybrid
Frodo hi!! How's you doing?
SD Conwy is a great course.

Just picked up number for tomorrow
17/11/2012 at 17:45
Good luck tomorrow, TR - it must be great to be back out there

Afraid things aren't great for me, and still no running (or cycling now - though given TRex's news, that might not be such a bad thing!)
But I'm keeping positive
17/11/2012 at 18:39

sorry to hear that TRex, hope you make a quick recovery!

17/11/2012 at 19:01
TRex- sorry to hear about your injury, mate. Hope you heal soon
Elan Valley 10 done and dusted I'd forgotten how hilly it was- lol! But around 1 min and several positions better than last year, finishing in 65.45
Just found out about a local 15k tomorrow.....
Good luck to all in Conwy tomorrow
17/11/2012 at 22:48

Good luck to those doing the Conwy half tomorrow - great course - surely one of the most scenic half marathons out there!? Looks like my clubmate who organises the race has had his prayers to to the weather gods answered again!? 30 from my club (out of 80 members) taking part - unfortunately coincides with annual village bus/away trip tomorrow

17/11/2012 at 23:28

Yes, unfortunately my front light chose that moment to suddenly swivel loose so not only could I not see ahead but it got jammed into a position where it was shining directly into my eyes.  I had goodness knows how many lumens of one of Cat Eye's brightest AA battery lights hurting my eyeballs.

This was a problem, and I tried to do several things at once: swivel the light back into position, but I couldn't seem to move it, brake, and steer in a straight line, squinting over the top of my specs to see where I was going in the rain hopefully to avoid going straight into the dazzling headlamps coming the other way as well as avoid being hit by the fast moving traffic coming up behind.  

I tried to err on the side of caution by keeping well to the left, but it was a situation I couldn't manage and I found myself going into the verge, still at speed, and crashing in a heap with my bike.

A car stopped to see if I was OK and helped me to pick myself up.  I seemed to be in one piece but my left shoulder was hurting a lot.  With 3 miles of commute still to do I didn't have much option other than to get back on and continue.

Arrived at work and it was a desperate struggle changing into my work clothes.  A&E was nearby so I had an X-ray and the nurse came out smiling, "It's a break all right!"  (left collarbone).  A sling and some painkillers and back to work.  Got a lift home at the end of the shift and here I am feeling a bit sorry for myself as well as embarrassed.



18/11/2012 at 15:58
Hope recovery is swift, Mr Rex
Bill McFarlane memorial 15k for me today, raising funds for the RNLI. Only a small field and despite yesterday's Elan Valley 10m in my legs managed to win fairly comfortably. First prize was ??100!! But seeing it was for charity and the size of the field, I just kept petrol and entry money and donated ??80 back.
A good run and one that is worthy of more support, so I said that I'd do my bit to raise the profile. this was the third running and it will be back same time next year. Entry is a donation to the RNLI. Race is long however- everyone clocked it at at least 9.5m. I ran 1.00.03 ( D'oh!)
18/11/2012 at 16:06

Hi all

Well as always Conwy  half was brilliant, well organised, beautiful day, amazing scenery and great atmosphere. Didn't have much of a race plan. Go out quick for the first couple of miles to avoid the bottle neck and then see what happens. Plan worked 1:40:53 a PB by 24 seconds!!  splits 7:20 7:35 7:43 7:36 7:41 8:14 9:00 7:47 6:20 7:32 7:45 7:30 7:41 1:09 av pace 7:40. So not bad at all 3 weeks after Snod very little training due to dodgy achilles. As always great to see Brer

18/11/2012 at 16:26

Great going TR40 and JD


18/11/2012 at 16:31
Well done, TR40
18/11/2012 at 16:46
You to JD you is a machine!!
Panad thanks matey
18/11/2012 at 17:10
Don't know why the pound note signs in my post have turned into double question marks.... Weird.
18/11/2012 at 19:24

Hey all, TRex....glad is was nothing worse, a friend of mine has just come out of hospital after being knocked off his bike, Several broken ribs and fractured hip. Hope you are feeling better soon.

JD..well done and for being soooo charitable.

Great to see you again TR40, and very well done on the PB. I knew you would do well as you got such a confidence booster at Snod.

I trotted in 4 mins after you and I was 2nd in category. Only get a tech t shirt though, no cash!!  Totally recommend this event, really is my favourite Half especially on a day like today. PERFECT!

18/11/2012 at 19:28
Brer- well done on the win!
18/11/2012 at 20:06
Brer well done
18/11/2012 at 20:16

Cheers chaps. Ok, what's next then? Portsmouth marathon on Dec 23rd for it warmer down there in December??

18/11/2012 at 20:30
Gloucester 50k for me in January
18/11/2012 at 20:51

Noooo, don't tempt me

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